Kayaking lizard

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by magwas, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. magwas
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    magwas Senior Member

    Yesterday afternoon I have painted the first coat of epoxy in the inside of the hull bottom of my kayak. I have choosen less than ideal time. As the temperature was low (some 10-15C), the coat is still tacky in the morning.
    The bigger problem however caused by a small lizard. It was deadly for him, and a major nuisance for me.
    Any ideas on how to handle the situation to minimize bloodshed?
    I was even thinking about drying out the poor fellow with a hairdrier and coating with epoxy, but I guess even his 3-5 mm thickness is too much to do it effectively.
     

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  2. lewisboats
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    Use your hairdryer....or better yet a heat gun and go round and round...the epoxy will soften up as it warms up and you should be able to scrape him off after a little while. You will probably need to re-coat the area afterward. You might have to lift-warm, lift-warm a few times to warm the epoxy underneath enough to let go. Use a throw-away metal spatula so you have a bit of flexibility rather than a stiff scraper.
     
  3. magwas
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    magwas Senior Member

    I could chisel him off with less fuss than I thought.
    Made a second layer since then, and no lizard landed in it yet.
     

  4. tinhorn
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    tinhorn Senior Member

    Perhaps lizards contain a natural mold release quality? This is good info to have the next time I run out of mold wax.
     
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